Bringing Da Vinci Days back

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Corvallis’ signature summer festival — da Vinci Days — will return in 2016 with a focus on celebration and innovation in the sciences and arts.

The festival has been on hiatus since 2013 after celebrating its 25th year, but community leaders have been meeting to gather community input, assess the festival’s strengths and weaknesses, review operations and make recommendations for how it could go forward.

“This is pretty big news,” says da Vinci Days board president Chris Heuchert. “We’re excited to bring back the festival.”

After receiving financial commitments from Oregon State, Hewlett-Packard, the city of Corvallis and Benton County — and with other sponsorships in the works — festival organizers announced in October that da Vinci Days would again host a community celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

A number of festival events will be held in May to incorporate end-of-school-year activities and exhibits showcasing projects and performances by Oregon State and Corvallis-area K-12 students. The Grand Kinetic Challenge and ancillary festival events will continue to be held during the third weekend in July.

Oregon State’s partnership with the festival provides financial support as well as in-kind resources and expertise. To date, the colleges of Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science have been involved in da Vinci Days planning sessions.

“The partnership with da Vinci Days helps Oregon State achieve its core values of leadership, excellence and innovation,” says Steve Clark, Oregon State’s vice president for University Relations and Marketing. “We also want to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic progress and well-being of the community — and one of the ways we can do that is through da Vinci Days.” Clark also serves as vice president of the da Vinci Days board.

A schedule of da Vinci Days events for 2016 will be announced soon. For details about the festival, check the website at davincidays.org. To volunteer, call 541-757-6363 or email davinci@peak.org.

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